We're delighted to support sixteen new projects in the Midlands, who are crucial to the fabric of our independent sector, with £123,000.

Thank you to all the applicants, the fund was very competitive and ultimately was oversubscribed by 127%.

From Regal Cinema in Leicestershire, to Kinokulture in Oswestry - this is our largest amount of funding, and our most diverse set of funding in the Midlands yet. Take a look through the full list below, and we look forward to continuing our work to support the Midlands exhibition sector.

Supported by National Lottery funding, The BFI FAN Film Exhibition Fund aims to support cinemas, arts centres, festivals and community groups looking to deliver a broad range of cultural programming and reconnect with audiences.

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Malvern Cinema

This funding will support Malvern Cinema’s core programme, enabling the cinema to tell more diverse stories, particularly those of people with protected characteristics.
£5,000

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MAC Birmingham

Our cinema activity between the months of April and September will follow a simple path – to offer a wide and varied programme that allows room for swathes of independent film.
£10,000

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The Courtyard, Hereford

Continuous support to allow us to diversify our cinema programme throughout the year. On the road to recovery post-pandemic, we’re finding it difficult to balance commercial programme and artistic/accessible programme.
£10,000

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Kinokulture, Oswestry

Beyond Borders aims to re engage and develop new audiences for independent British and International film. We want our audiences to rediscover the joy of coming together to experience a multitude of diverse cinematic voices.
£15,000

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Light House, Wolverhampton

The support will be used to support costs to continue offering the quality, diverse film programme that existing audiences would expect to see, and to attract newer audiences.
£15,000

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Regal Cinema, Melton Mowbray

Relaxed and Captioned Screenings
We will provide Relaxed and Captioned Screenings to open up the cinema experience to groups that aren't normally able to attend films in the cinema.
£2,615

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Disability Film Festival 2022

MLWC Sparc, Malverns
Disability Film Festival showcasing the representation of disability in film over the last 20 years. An opportunity to engage with a diverse slate of films and engage in discussion about how disability is represented.
£3,250

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Telford Film Festival

Telford & Wrekin Council
We will showcase a mix of new releases, classics, shorts, workshops and more. We want to develop a film culture across the region and we want to inspire the local community through the films we screen.
£5,000

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Bertz Associates, Birmingham

Community Screening Micro Festival
Bertz Associates and Eastside Projects are hosting a Community Screening programme, prioritising local spaces inhabited by communities from formerly colonised nations.
£5,000

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Derby Film Festival

Derby QUAD
Derby Film Festival will be providing a wide range of international arthouse, independent cinema as part of its programme.
£7,000

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Pocket Film Festival, Stafford

Unseen Cinema
Our Festival will give our audiences the chance to explore new spaces, shine a light on venues and give everyone a chance to enjoy and take part in a rich programme of film culture on their doorstep.
£8,808

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Community Screenings, Birmingham

Birmingham Indian Film Festival
BIFF Community Screenings intends to engage with and build relationships with audiences that don't ordinarily go out to the cinema by bringing cinema to them.
£10,000

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Celebrating our Hidden Treasures, Adventures with Archives, Shropshire

Media Active Projects
Adventures with Archives adopts creative approaches to co-curating and presenting archive film with new audio and new narratives (music, spoken word, narration).
£12,500

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Sandwell Community Cinema

Black Country Touring
We will support 8 partners, including 5 venues, in Sandwell to programme specialised cinema for their communities. Screenings will be focused on reaching people under-served by arts and culture.
£12,823

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The Bonington, Arnold

16 - 25 Membership Scheme
The project will be a continuation of our 16-25 membership scheme, where our series of events have proved to be a vital addition to our regular programme.
£1,200

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Marcello Italian Film Festival, Birmingham

Paguro Film
MARCELLO is the first international film festival dedicated to the Italian community of Birmingham, the largest in the United Kingdom outside London.
£2,000

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